Priorities and Agenda


Guiding our Work

The Framework

Each year, the San Diego Housing Federation’s Policy Committee works to identify and outline policy priorities as a framework for an advocacy agenda. These priorities are presented to the San Diego Housing Federation’s Board of Directors for discussion and adoption, and thereafter guide the organization’s work.


  • Strongly support efforts to create a stable, dedicated source of state funding for affordable housing through legislation, the state budget, and potential statewide bond measures.
  • Strongly support efforts at the federal level to protect critical affordable housing programs, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Tenant and Project-Based Section 8 Vouchers, the HOME Program, and CDBG funding
  • Work to ensure that San Diego receives its fair share of resources from the new “No Place Like Home” program for permanent supportive housing and support local efforts aimed at bringing these types of resources to the region.
  • Advocate for TCAC policies responsive to the regional funding landscape.
  • Continue to advocate for the connection between housing and health outcomes and support programs that provide resources to this connection.
  • Support measures that aim to preserve affordable housing and work to identify performance metrics that would help prevent loss of existing affordable housing stock.
  • Monitor the implementation of other local funding sources such as inclusionary in-lieu fees, linkage fees, SRO replacement fees, and seek other opportunities such as boomerang funds, other public assets, and potential local bond measures.
  • Participate in the implementation and rule-making for and ensure the San Diego region receives its fair share of state funding programs, including: the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program; the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) program; No Place Like Home (NPLH); and other statewide housing programs.


  • Support legislation at the state level that helps to streamline the development process for housing, while ensuring that a sufficient percentage of affordable housing will be included in new development to meet the needs of low-income Californians.
  • Support legislation aimed at strengthening state Housing Element Law to make it a more effective tool to incentivize the creation and preservation of affordable housing, enforce RHNA production goals and add disincentives to cities that fail to comply.
  • Support other opportunities such as state legislation on density bonus enhancements and solutions to the Palmer court decision regarding local inclusionary housing policies.
  • Continue to work on and support changes to improve local density bonus programs and incentivize affordable homes as a part of new development.
  • Advocate for affordable housing as a key component of transit-oriented development (TOD) policies, local Climate Action Plans and transit agency policies, to include affordable housing requirements and make the San Diego region competitive for cap-and-trade funds.


  • Identify opportunities that could help to lower the cost to develop affordable homes through reforms that shorten entitlement processing times, create more certainty, and reduce unnecessary or duplicative regulatory barriers.
  • Seek opportunities to reduce the cost of land associated with developing affordable housing. This could include programs to promote land donations, utilization of land banking, public land set-asides, land trusts and programs for lease or below market sale of public lands.


  • Support policies that prevent elimination of existing housing and advance fair housing, including protecting against source of income discrimination (e.g. tenant-based vouchers)

Statewide Impact

Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018

As an early supporter of SB 3, the San Diego Housing Federation is proud to continue this effort as a strong supporter of the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018. The $ 4 billion Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act will help build affordable homes for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, and Californians currently experiencing homelessness. In addition to creating thousands of new homes, this measure is expected to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California's economy. Download a fact sheet here.

State Legislation

The Housing Federation weighs in on housing legislation at the statewide level. Below is a list of bills we are supporting this year. 

AB 2162 (Chiu) - Streamlining Permanent Supportive Housing

Expedites the process for approving construction of permanent supportive housing. Read SDHF's support letter here

AB 2372 (Gloria) - California's Sustainable and Affordable (CASA) Housing Act

Authorizes an optional floor area ratio bonus program in lieu of a density bonus. Read SDHF's support letter here

 AB 2065 (Ting) - Surplus Lands Act

Clarifies the definitions of "local agency" and "surplus land" and would strengthen affordable housing requirements under the state Surplus Lands Act. Read SDHF's support letter here

SB 1056 (Beall) - Welfare Exemption, Community Land Trust

Provides a short-term welfare exemption for the phase between site acquisition to occupancy of homes provided by community land trusts for low and moderate-income families. Read SDHF's support letter here

SB 828 (Wiener) Land Use, Housing Element

Requires cities and counties to zone for 125 percent of the housing needs as determined in their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) and prohibits requests for certain changes in methodology to request a reduction in RHNA determination. Readh SDHF's support letter here